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About Union Oyster House

The Union Oyster House, located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, enjoys the unique distinction of being America's oldest restaurant. The Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to pre-revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since with the stalls and oyster bar, where Daniel Webster was a constant customer, in their original positions.

41 Union Street
Boston, MA 02108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:0am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 227-2750

Website:
http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/

Parking Details:
We Validate Parking for the Parcel #7 Garage. Note that it is not clearly labeled as such (sorry). If the Union Oyster House is on your right, the brick building STRAIGHT AHEAD OF YOU is the garage. Drive towards it, make a quick left (Hanover St.) right (Congress St.) and right again (Sudbury St.) … in other words, around the brick building to the other side is the entrance. The fee after validation is 3.$ for 3 hours

Public Transit:
Two options: Take the Blue or Green Line to Government Center. Walk down the stairs along the side of City Hall and cross Congress Street. We are across the street. Note we are across from the New England Holocaust Memorial. Or, take the Orange or Green Line to Haymarket,left on Congress,left on Hanover,right on Union.

Private Party Facilities:
Private rooms are available for your convenience for cocktail parties, buffets and banquets.
Each room has its distinct personality!

Private Party Contact:
Dining Room Manager: (617) 227-2750

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Union Oyster House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (96)
Special Occasion (72)
Casual (70)
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Neighborhood Gem (65)
Local Ingredients (64)
Fun (62)
Good for a Date (55)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Comfort Food (38)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Great for Lunch (34)
Worth the Drive (34)
Bar Seating (33)
Cozy (31)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Good for Groups (25)
Hot Spot (24)
Business Meals (23)
People Watching (21)
Romantic (17)
Kid-friendly (16)
Great Beer (16)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Scenic View (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Late-night Find (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Seasonal (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Spicy (2)
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Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Ordered Fried seafood platter - got 1 shrimp, 1 clam. 2 oysters, 3 scallops and the rest was calamari- all way over cooked in the fryer. NOT enjoyable!

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·Dined 5 days ago

This felt like a typical tourist restaurant. While cozy and full of history, the food was just “good” at best. I’d check out the bar to see the inside, but dine elsewhere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined 5 days ago

Much to our dismay my wife and I went for an anniversary and birthdays (same week) dinner travelling from Toronto to Boston and went out of our way to go to union oyster house on word it was the best.Sadly the only tasteful part of the meal was the complimentary cornbread. After spending the equivalent of $200 CDN we both found out meals bland and my wife could not even finish her Bloody Mary drink as the bartender put cocktail sauce in it

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·Dined 6 days ago

Stephanie our server was awesome. The food was delicious and better than we expected even. If you’re looking for a great seafood place that is casual and laid back this is the place to go. The Lobster Ravioli is a great appetizer. My wife loved the oysters. The seafood Newberg was perfect!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Fun, lively historic place. A must when you come to Boston.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Nice place. Felt very apart of the community. The service was terrific and the staff overall were so nice. We’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Cozy atmosphere Food was delicious Waitress was having an off night but otherwise it was great

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great place to take folks from out of town

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

great service, great food as always, great chowder, clams casino and martinis-we always stop here on any trips we make to Boston from our home in central mass--we take the train to North Station and its an easy walk to UOH- we've always had the same thing as starters: a bowl of your great chowder, bread, and a superb gin martini-have been doing this for 25 years or so-often, but not always, we'll follow it if we're there in the evening, with an appetizer or two-at our age a terrific meal-many thanks to your chefs and your always superb wait staff

Tags: Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great environment, sat next to the “Kennedy Booth.” Excellent service, worth a visit to step back in time!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had reservations for 8 PM on a Saturday night. They took us right in, and served immediately. The food was great- hometown seafood fare. Just perfect!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Pretty much a tourist trap. Clam chowder was good.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I think the restaurant very much lives off it's ability to be the longest running restaurant in the U.S. While our meal wasn't bad and service was good, I wouldnt say the value is there to go and visit this place. Overall: not good, not bad, just okay.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, People Watching, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Meh. Overpriced tourist attraction.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was excellent as always with perfect portion sizes. I have never had shrimp ravioli before which was delicious and served with an additional shrimp topping. The cornbread is a nice change from the usual dinner rolls served with a meal. The restaurant was tastefully decorated for the holidays and our window seat afforded us a pleasant evening view of the area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Love this place, the history and atmosphere. Got to sit in the Kennedy Booth for a few minutes.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food as outstanding as always. The cornbread is incredible and thr clam chowder is the best in town.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent food ! Very fresh ! We’ll return any time Ian in Boston

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

My husband and I visited Boston for the history and this restaurant is part of it, being almost 200 years old--the oldest restaurant in America. Was a fun place to dine and see the historical surroundings. We had clam chowder and a lobster dish and they were delicious and fun to eat. It is not a cheap place but worth the splurge. Our waitress was very personable and suggested great dishes. If you're into U.S. history and delicious, fresh seafood, you should check out this restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our server was very friendly. The food was fresh and delicious. This is a great place for fresh, market priced seafood.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant is very crowded. Even if w

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

I am usually cheap with the amount of stars I give restaurants and a place has to have something special in order to achieve a maximum amount of stars in my book. This place was great! The service was high caliber yet unpretentious and honest. The seafood main courses were all terrific and the wine was good. It is not cheap, but it is worth the expense.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Lots of ambience; good basic sea food; down-to-earth service. Even if you don't like seafood, the pork or chicken entrees are good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our waitress was very nice and the food was good. Came out quick. The lady that takes check-in was not very friendly or helpful. It is worth the going for the food and for the feel of eating in America's oldest restaurant.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Simply, one of the best fish-dinner experience we’ve ever had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Old and therefore unique restaurant. Reservation was for 4:30 pm but we had to wait 15 - 20 minutes before being seated, even though the upstairs dining room appeared to have plenty of empty tables. Seafood was fresh, and the clam chowder had a good amount of clams in it. The Lobster Newberg was tasty, but the traditional puff pastry was hard as a rock and not even vaguely puffy. Nevertheless, it's still a nice place to go and service was very friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was bland and expensive. There has to better places to get seafood in this city.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The atmosphere and historical value are what bring you to the Union Oyster House. The food is okay, but you can get better food in Boston to be honest. You come here to say you’ve been.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Loved it. Loud in a “hip” way. Not too loud that we couldn’t have a normal-volume conversation. Miike Snow tracks on playlist.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great atmosphere, good food
I went early so relatively quiet on a Thurs at 445

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Server ended up getting more focused on two other tables and barely stopped by our table after we ordered. The food was very basic. The place was cool and I had been looking forward to it for weeks. But it was a huge let down. My husband and I both agreed and bounced to a different place for dessert and drinks because we were so underwhelmed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Service was good. Lobster cooked perfectly but steamers were subpar (some smashed) and corn was a shriveled little cob. Expensive but it’s Boston. Not very accessible for elderly or handicapped. Overall a 4.5/5 for its type of restaurant.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Tourist trap! Service was poor. Waitress spilled the drink when placing it on the table and did not clean up the spill. She just said “oh I’m not good at this”and walked away. We got up from our table and found some napkins to clean the table. She did the same with the soup. I ordered the lobster Newberg. It was cold and not eatable. We were supposed to get cornbread with our meals and when I reminded the waitress she asked us if we wanted MORE! She didn’t even realize we never got any to begin with. Then she had the audacity to bring us cornbread in a “to go” bag when she brought our check. We were visiting Boston for a a Birthday celebration and this was the restaurant my daughter chose for dinner. Although the history and ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful , we did not enjoy our dinners.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Met friends for lunch. Food good. Atmosphere great. It was touristy, but it was fun just to be in a restaurant that old, look at the beams and floor boards and just enjoy the atmosphere. We didn't feel rushed. Service was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was great, I was right on the list and we were called promptly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Highly recommend if you are looking for authentic seafood and local history. Service was fantastic too!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were in a corner so hard to flag down service. But the good was good and we enjoyed our meal overall. Nice stop on our Boston tour!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and great service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service at Union Oyster House were outstanding. My mom had a wheelchair, which was kind of a challenge, but the staff accommodated us very nicely. (They have a ramp outside the second entrance and we sat in the Freedom Trail Room. Our waitress and the other waiter were extra helpful in talking about the menu and helping us make our selections. We had lemondrop martinis and oysters on the half shell and clam chowder and lobster and more martinis...It's just a charming historic place with great food and really nice staff. I think the price of the raw oysters is excessive $17.50 for 1/2 dozen, but after a few martinis, who cares???

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Family holiday ... excellent option for a great meal, great service, great environment. Thanks!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Quick Bite, People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion
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